The Washington Redskins continued their mild approach to this off season by signing cornerback Philip Buchanon. Buchanon is a veteran who is no stranger to Bruce Allen, as he was drafted by Allen in Oakland and later teamed up with him again in Tampa Bay. The Washington Redskins released this statement in regards to the signing:
The Redskins have signed free agent cornerback Phillip Buchanon, the team announced on Monday.
Buchanon, an 8-year NFL veteran, visited Redskins Park on Monday and signed his contract.
Buchanon immediately jumps into the mix at cornerback. DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers are the incumbent starters at the position and Justin Tryon and Kevin Barnes provide youth at the position.
Along with playing cornerback, Buchanon has also returned kickoffs and punts in his career. He could be added to the mix at punt returns, something he excelled at early in his career.
“We are very excited to add a veteran corner, such as Phillip, to our defensive backfield,” executive vice president/head coach Mike Shanahan said. “He has had a lot of success in this league and brings with him the ability to create turnovers.
“He will be a big part of what we are trying to accomplish defensively in Washington.”
Buchanon, 5-11 and 186 pounds, played for the Detroit Lions last season and logged 43 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and four passes defended.
For his career, Buchanon has posted 339 tackles and 18 interceptions, five of which he returned for touchdowns. He also has one career sack and six forced fumbles.
It is report that his deal is worth $1.5 million, plus $750,000 in additional incentives. Pretty cheap and I feel like the Redskins scored a great deal.
This one year deal has the appearance of a “try and see” approach. It would be great if Buchanon flourishes on this team. He has several skill sets that would make him an asset and at least guarantee him a good shot at making this team. Most likely he would land the rights to the nickel back position, but in a pass friendly league he would see plenty of playing time.
The New Approach Continues To Manifest Itself
Now almost a full month into the free agency period, most people expected the Skins to go wild off the deep end, however it has been quite the opposite. Signing a good player who can contribute, rather than one who is splashy appears to be the MO heading into the draft. Who is to say the Skins aren’t going to pick someone up who has big name notoriety? It is still possible for the Skins to land someone who brings butts to the seats, but I think the plan is in place.
Signing someone like Buchanon is a signing I like, it affirms Mike Shanahan’s intention to allow the players to compete for their roles. Buchanon is not expected to start, but Carlos Rogers and DeAngelo Hall will not be given the starting roles either. So far, the direction this team is headed appears positive, level headed, and realistic. Knowing this, who would have thought this team would improve its business approach with every signing they made.